Elizabeth Cotton

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    The future and quality of mental health services: the organising challenge ahead

The future and quality of mental health services: the organising challenge ahead

Despite being in decline, the quality of mental health services is largely absent from public debate. One of the reasons is the silencing of those delivering services, writes Elizabeth Cotton. She draws on data about conditions and wages to explain that there is a clear trend towards precarious work in the sector, and concludes by suggesting how to challenge […]

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    Job coaches in GP surgeries: another attempt to pathologise the unemployed?

Job coaches in GP surgeries: another attempt to pathologise the unemployed?

The government will soon be placing job coaches in GP surgeries in Islington as part of a pilot to “coach” the unemployed into work. What is the aim of this process, how will its results going to be evaluated, and who will deliver it? Here, Elizabeth Cotton explains that the devil is in the detail and raises the questions […]

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    Deprofessionalised, downgraded and demoralised: why mental healthcare is going backwards

Deprofessionalised, downgraded and demoralised: why mental healthcare is going backwards

Recently, Elizabeth Cotton attended a mental health conference to join a group developing a Wellbeing Charter for people working in psychological therapies. Coming to mental health from industry, she found the lack of knowledge about the trends in the sector breathtaking and frightening. Here, she outlines the problematic role that privatisation of services is playing, and highlights a survey […]